Volkswagen ID.4 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 alloy whee detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 alloy whee detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Volkswagen ID.4 is priced slightly above the closely related Skoda Enyaq, although one version (the Pure Life) does still qualify for a £2500 Government electric car grant. We'd steer you away from the range-topping variants, especially the GTX, but otherwise the ID.4 isn't too expensive. 

PCP finance deals are usually competitive, although the ID.4 is predicted to depreciate more quickly than many of its rivals, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Tesla Model 3. Like all pure-electric cars, the ID.4 will cost you peanuts in company car tax.

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Volkswagen finished in 20th place (out of 30 brands) in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. For context, Hyundai was joint third, Kia was ninth, BMW was 13th, Tesla was 15th and Ford was down in joint 27th place.

The ID.4’s battery warranty lasts for eight years/100,000 miles and the rest of the car is warranted for three years/60,000 miles. That’s not great when you consider that the Kia e-Niro and EV6 come with warranties that stretch to seven years/100,000 miles.

Overview

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a decent electric car with a practical interior, an excellent safety score and a good range (especially with the 77kWh battery). However, the best rivals are faster, smarter inside, have much better infotainment systems and take less time to charge. The Pro Performance Style is our pick of the range, and we'd avoid the pricey Max and GTX versions.

  • Lots of space in the back and a big boot
  • Excellent Euro NCAP safety score
  • Well equipped
  • Poor infotainment and dashboard usability
  • Not fast by class standards
  • Heavier depreciation than many rivals
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